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Matt Ward addressed the club at it's weekly meeting about his passion to help business owners and employees to be successful. 
  • Matt’s five points of being laser focused are:
  1. Know why.  Why are you doing this or taking action?
  2. Know the negative results of inaction. 
  3. Face fear.  Fear is false expectations appearing real.  Stare it down long enough to make fear go away.
  4. Be proactive.  The quicker you take action the better.  To be proactive is to be successful.
  5. Accept failure.  Failing is not failure, refusing to try again is failure.
Matt recommends writing down what you’ve been procrastinating in the middle of a card.  Write the date of when it needs to be done in the upper right.  Then give the card to your “accountability partner” (someone other than family) who will check in to see if you’re making progress.  When things are written down we are 42% more likely to complete something.  To learn more visit: http://www.Breakthrough-Champion.com.
Matt Ward: How to avoid being a procrastinator 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
 
Scherrie Keating (left) receives a token of our appreciation from Corinne Braciska, Club President
 
Scherrie Keating RN, BSN, CDE gave us an excellent overview of Prediabetes and review of how to prevent/delay the onset of Diabetes. Her presentation included a type 2 diabetes risk screening questionnaire to help us determine our risk for this disease. Her presentation reviewed some of the causes and what we could do to help prevent this serious condition. For additional information you may contact Scherrie at Diabetes Kare Consulting, LLC for Prediabetes education and screening; Type 2 Diabetes prevention and management education and personal health coaching. Scherrie's email is diabeteskareconsulting@gmail.com
Prediabetes Education & Prevention Dick Andersen 2016-12-22 00:00:00Z 0

Everyone is invited to Littleton’s Tree Lighting on the Common coming up on Sunday, December 4th at 4:30PM.  The Tree Lighting on the Common is co-sponsored by the Littleton Rotary Club and the Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments.  Members of the Nashoba Valley Chorale will lead the gathering crowd in songs of the season. The Littleton Rotary Club will provide complimentary hot cider and donuts to all attendees.

The Rotary Club will provide ornaments that can be personalized and hung on the beautiful spruce tree in the center of the common.  Santa will arrive on Littleton’s Ladder One at 5:15 and will throw the giant switch to illuminate the thousands of lights on the many trees on the common.  He’ll then meet with all of the children before returning to the North Pole to get ready for his Christmas Eve travels.

The Littleton Rotary Club and Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments provide the Tree Lighting on the Common as a gift to the town along with the help of the Highway Department, Police Department, Fire Department, Nashoba Valley Chorale, Littleton High School Brass Ensemble and Westford Insurance, which provides the sound system.

This annual tradition is attended by hundreds of Littleton residents, young and old. So, be sure to join in the fun this coming Sunday, December 4th at 4:30 pm.

Tree Lighting on the Common, Sunday December 4th Dick Andersen 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Littleton Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Dec 3rd 
9:00AM - 3:00PM
Littleton Middle School
 
Come join us at  the Littleton Holiday Bazaar.
 

The Annual Littleton Holiday Bazaar is sponsored by the Littleton Rotary Club.  It will be held on Saturday December 3 from 9AM to 3PM at the Littleton Middle School, 55 Russell Street. The Bazaar is a great way to connect and meet with other residents of the community and find great gifts for the holiday season. Admission to the Bazaar is free.

Displays and gifts offered for sale at the Littleton Holiday Bazaar are open to Littleton affiliated non-profit groups only. There is a nominal fee for table space.

Holiday Bazaar Dick Andersen 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Meg Gallow speaks on MA Refugee Resettlement Program John E. Bielefeld 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Judy Wolff, owner of JFTM Fitness addressed the Littleton Rotary Club. Her talk was about resistance training to build up muscles and reduce fat. For more information or to contact Judy go to http://www.jftm-fit.com/
 
 
Corinne Braciska (left), Rotary Club President, presents Judy Wolff a token of our appreciation after her presentation
Judy Wolff Speaks at Littleton Rotary Meeting Dick Andersen 2016-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Wheelchair doesn't stop Appleman team Jim Barisano 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
LITTLETON TOWN-WIDE YARD SALE PARTICIPANT ADDRESSES
 (LOOK FOR THE OFFICIAL SIGNS!)
CODE
LOCATION
ITEMS BEING SOLD
A
 41 Shattuck Street (behind library)
Furniture, children’s items, clothing, household goods, lawn & garden items, collectibles, books, and bicycles (MULTI-FAMILY)
B
110 Harwood Avenue
Tools, furniture, children’s items, teen items, clothing, household goods, lawn & garden items, collectibles, books and more (MULTI-FAMILY)
C
Corner of Lake Drive and Lakeshore Drive
Tools, furniture, children’s items, teen items, clothing, household items, lawn & garden items, collectibles, and books (MULTI-FAMILY)
D
32 Shaker Lane
Furniture, household goods, lawn & garden items, exercise equipment, men’s lacrosse equipment, bicycle parts & accessories (proceeds to go to the PanMass Challenge)
E
19 Taylor Street
Furniture, clothing, household goods, lawn & garden items, books, and a bicycle
F
57 Colonial Drive
Tools, furniture, clothing, household goods, collectibles, books, framed artwork, black & white photo prints, photo notecards
G
211 Foster Street
Furniture, clothing, household goods, and books
H
43 Edsel Road
Furniture, children’s items, clothing, household goods, collectibles, and books
I
8 Moore Lane
Furniture, clothing, household goods, lawn & garden items, drapery hardware
J
5 Oak Ridge Road
Furniture, clothing, household goods, teen items, lawn & garden items, collectibles (books and Star Wars commemorative plates), CDs and records (MULTI-FAMILY)
K
141 Harwood Avenue
Tools, furniture, children’s items, household goods, and collectibles (Madame Alexander dolls, Depression glass, Vintage FP toys)
L
66 Harwood Avenue
Children’s items, household gods, collectibles, books, and board games
M
10 Mannion Place
Tools, furniture, clothing, household goods, lawn & garden items, collectibles, and books
N
1 Valley Drive
Tools, furniture, children’s items, teen items, clothing, household goods, lawn & garden items, books and sporting goods
O
373 King Street
Furniture, children’s items, clothing, household goods, collectibles, books (15% of proceeds go to the Friends of the Library)
P
27 Robinson Road
Office furniture, children’s items, teen items, household items, fabric, and perennials 
Q
5 Alpha Omega Way
Tools, furniture, household goods, lawn/garden items, collectibles, wood stoves, and radiators
R
40 Bulkeley Road
Children’s items, household goods, lawn & garden items, and books
S
34 White Pine Drive
Children’s items, clothing, household goods, books, nail polish, and shoes
T
75 Great Road
Furniture, household goods, ceramic molds, and quilts
LITTLETON TOWN-WIDE YARD SALE PARTICIPANT ADDRESSES 2016-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
A fantastic presentation from US Airforce Captain Kim Krete 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
1ST ANNUAL LITTLETON TOWN-WIDE YARD SALE Saturday, June 11, 2016 (Rain or Shine) 2016-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Appleman Triathlon - Sunday July 24, 2016 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Encourages Everyone to Support Littleton’s Relay For Life Jim Barisano 2016-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Coalition for Better Bagging speaker Jack Apfelbaum 2016-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Gino finally joins the Littleton Rotary Club 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Third Graders thankful for their dictionaries SRG 2015-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Robert K. Truest from the Boston Federal Reserve Bank spoke on 11/4/2015 Steve Glines 2015-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
At the weekly meeting of the Littleton Rotary Club, Doctor Carl M. Good outlined the tremendous progress made by Rotary International, The World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the worldwide effort to wipe-out polio.
 
Doctor Good explained that Polio Plus was launched as a Rotary International service project in 1985 with the goal of immunizing all of the world’s children and that Rotary's role in polio eradication continues to evolve. Initially its role was that of a catalyst, providing money for vaccine and volunteer support to overcome problems associated with distribution. A Rotary Foundation grant funded a core group of polio experts at the World Health Organization (WHO), who have guided the global program.
 
In more recent years, Polio Plus funds have funded transportation and other operational costs associated with vaccine delivery, surveillance efforts (including laboratory needs) to identify areas where the virus circulates, and training for healthcare workers and volunteers involved in the immunization process.
 
Today, after billions of dollars in expenditures and the volunteer efforts of thousands of doctors, nurses and laypersons, polio can only be found in parts of Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. 
 
Doctor Good specified compelling reasons why eradicating polo is a goal worth every ounce of effort, “It saves lives.  Experts say if we choose to control polio rather than eradicate it, more than 10 million children under the age of five could be paralyzed by the disease in the next 40 years. We have the tools to end the disease and the means to reach all children. In fact, the new bivalent vaccine successfully targets the two remaining strains of polio in just one dose.”
 
There are economic benefits to eradicating polio, as well. An independent study published in the medical journal, Vaccine, estimates that the $9 billion global investment in a polio-free world will net an economic benefit of $40 billion to $50 billion over the next 20 years.
 
Other benefits are less visible but no less important.  Polio Plus’s polio eradication efforts have established an active disease surveillance network in all countries. This network is supporting other health interventions, including measles vaccinations and the distribution of deworming tablets and bed nets. 
 
In closing, Doctor Good enthusiastically reminded the gathered Rotarians and guests that, “The ability to reach all children with the polio vaccine is proof that Rotary International and its partners can succeed on its next major global health initiative.”
 
The Littleton Rotary Club is a service club made up of men and women from the Littleton area.  The club is a member of Rotary International, one of over 34,000 clubs with over 1.2 million members, worldwide.  Rotary is dedicated to “Service Above Self” and provides volunteers and financial support to each community, each country and the world. 
The Littleton Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in the dining room at 1 Monarch Drive, off Taylor Street.  If you would like to be a guest and learn more about Rotary, please contact Club President Lehel Reeves at LReeves@wheelstv.net.
Carl M. Good Addresses Eradicating Polio at the Littleton Rotary Club’s Meeting Steve Glines 2015-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
April 8, 2015 - Weekly Meeting John E. Bielefeld 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
April 1, 2015 - Weekly Meeting John E. Bielefeld 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
March 25, 2015 - Weekly Meeting John E. Bielefeld 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
March 18, 2015 - Weekly Meeting John E. Bielefeld 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
March 11, 2015 - Weekly Meeting John E. Bielefeld 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
March 04, 2015 - Weekly Meeting John E. Bielefeld 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
February 25, 2015 - Weekly Meeting John E. Bielefeld 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
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February 17, 2015 - Board Meeting John E. Bielefeld 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
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February 04, 2015 - Weekly Meeting John E. Bielefeld 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
January 21, 2015 - Weeklyl Meeting John E. Bielefeld 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
January 14, 2015 - Board Meeting John E Bielefeld 2015-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
January 14, 2015 - Weekly Meeting John E Bielefeld 2015-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
January 07, 2015 - Weekly Meeting John E Bielefeld 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
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November 26, 2014 - Weekly Meeting John E. Bielefeld 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
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The Littleton Rotary Club is pleased to announce it has been awarded the Rotary Presidential Citation with Distinction for 2013-2014. The 2013-14 Presidential Citation recognizes Rotary clubs for an array of achievements that promote our membership growth, enhance humanitarian service through our Foundation, and strengthen our network through the family of Rotary. By qualifying for the Presidential Citation, clubs contribute to Rotary’s strategic goals and multiply the impact of their good work through the collective focus of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.
 
"I'm really proud that our club has achieved this distinguished award" said Marcia Marcantonio, Littleton Rotary Club President 2013-2014. "It a recognition from Rotary International for all the good work that the Board of Directors and Club Members performed during the year." she continued. Marcia concluded "I want to thank all the members for their support and hard work."
Littleton Rotary Awarded Presidential Citation with Distinction 2013-2013 Dick Andersen 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Sept 10, 2014 - Weekly Meeting John Bielefeld 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Float in Littleton's 300 Anniversary Parade 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Sept 3, 2014 - Weekly Meeting John Bielefeld 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bielefeld on Aug 13, 2014
This weeks general meeting covered the following:
  • Carl did a show and tell concerning the construction of the club's 300th Littleton Birthday Parade Float.
  • Cindy Kerns explained how the top 5 Scare Crows will be selected
  • Use the list of sponsors for potential new members.
  • Steve Glines gives a course on the use of the ClubRunner website.
  • The Christmas Party will be held a Cheryl Crowley's house December 6th.
Aug 14, 2014 - Weekly Meeting John Bielefeld 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bielefeld on Aug 13, 2014
Quote of the meeting:
 
"I don't need to do anything until I know something first." Mina
 
The following was discussed at the Board Meeting:
  • Nicaragua Water Project. Issues dealing with accountability that resources and moneys lead to results?
  • Natalie Corrine Memorial Fund. Make a donation to Ruben Hoar Library via the Memorial Fund?
  • Sava's Wheel Chair Crutches Project. Need to assign the project to Bill Perrine?
  • Joel's last day serving breakfast. After he leaves club will need a new cook?
  • Next Board Meeting will be 7pm Tuesday September 9th
Motions submitted and passed:
  • Donate up to $500.00 to buy a telescope for the Littleton Library.
  • To have Bill Perrine take over the medical devices from Savas Danos.
  • Contribute $500.00 towards the 300th Birthday Rotary Float construction/deployment.
  • Give a $100.00 gift to Joel for his services as a cook for our meetings. He is leaving us in two weeks.
  • Contribute $500.00 towards the Masquerade Ball to cover expenses but, only after the sale of tickets.
  • Open a separate Bank account to deposit District Grant Moneys granting account access to: Marc, John, Steve and Corrine.
Board Meeting - Aug 8th, 2014 7pm John Bielefeld 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bielefeld on Aug 11, 2014
The following was items were covered at the board meeting of Aug 12, 2014:
 
 
 
Board Meeting John Bielefeld 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks for a great Appleman Triathlon 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Appleman Triathlon - Sunday July 20, 2014 2014-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 03, 2014

Join the Littleton Rotary Club for a pancake breakfast and the opening ceremonies of Littleton's Tercentennial Celebration at the Littleton Middle School on Saturday, June 21st 2014 starting at 6:30AM. The breakfast runs from 6:30AM to 10:30AM.  Tickets for the breakfast are $6.00 for Adults and $3.00 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at My Town Sports or at the door.
 
Please join us for the Tercentennial Celebration Opening Ceremonies and a hearty breakfast menu of pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, juice and coffee.
 
For more information on the Littleton Tercentennial Celebration go to http://www.littleton300.org
Rotary Pancake Breakfast Kicks off Littleton's Tercentennial Celebration Dick Andersen 2014-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Barasano on Feb 14, 2014
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On Wednesday morning, January 29th, Littleton Town Administrator Keith Bergman gave an enlightening presentation on the state of the town of Littleton to the Littleton Rotarians gathered for their weekly meeting.  Keith first pointed out a few key dates to remember as we celebrate Littleton’s Tercentennial starting with the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, June 21st, followed by the Town Picnic on July 12th, then the Parade and Fireworks on September 6th and concluding with the Town Ball on September 13th
Town Administrator Outlines State of the Town Jim Barasano 2014-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Jan 29, 2014

A few months ago, the Littleton Rotary Club made a donation to the Precious Children's Home in Tanzania. Recently, we received this note.

Kind donors we send greetings from sunny Tanzania!

I could not resist writing to you right away to share with you the near miraculous speed with which the new children's home is being completed. As you will see in the photograph below we are about to complete the bright blue roofing and we anticipate moving the children in within a month. What you cannot see in the photograph is that similar level of progress is being achieved with the director’s home right next door. The builders, all hired from the local village, are working seven days a week now….. This kind of speed is unheard of in this part of the world!


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Littleton Rotary Club Donation At Work Dick Andersen 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Barisano on Dec 29, 2013
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The Littleton Rotary Club recently honored Marjorie Harvey and Ray Grande, two distinguished citizens of Littleton who passed away in 2013 by posthumously naming them Paul Harris Fellows and recognizing their many contributions to the Town of Littleton in the “Service Above Self” spirit of Rotary.  Paul Harris founded Rotary International in 1905 and the fellowship program was created in his honor.

Marjorie Harvey lived in Littleton with her husband, Henry, since 1951 where they started a local medical practice.  Marge was very active in the community, volunteering for school, town, and church activities, including the School Committee, the Conservation Commission, the PTA, and the Council of Churches.  She helped settle a Vietnamese refugee boat family in town and assisted regularly at the Neighborhood Supper. 

Holder of a master’s degree in journalism, she wrote for the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, became a regular contributor to the Littleton Independent and penned two books of her essays.  Ms. Harvey was a strong voice for peace and the elimination of poverty. A pacifist who cared deeply about issues of social justice, she was a veteran of many anti-war protests and peace vigils. At age 79, she and 21 others (including 85-year-old Henry) were arrested in Washington, DC, and briefly jailed for a prayerful vigil that partially blocked entry to the Department of Energy, a protest against drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Marjorie passed away peacefully on June 1st asleep in her bed at home at the age of 91.

Ray Grande was 82 when he passed away unexpectedly on September 24th. Ray was a Korean War veteran who loved to travel, visiting Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, various Caribbean islands, the Mediterranean, Iceland and China with Judy Grande, his wife of over 30 years.

Mr. Grande was a consummate volunteer in Littleton, clearing and maintaining trails for the Littleton Conservation Trust, selling advertising for the Littleton Historical Society and serving on the boards of trustees for the Littleton Lyceum, the Castle in the Trees Playground and the Reuben Hoar Library. He volunteered regularly at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and co-chaired the “Shop for Your Kids Program.” He especially loved helping children and was well known and respected throughout the community.

Ray would see what needed doing and immerse himself in the task, and through example and leadership cause others to volunteer to be a part of the cause, work side by side and derive great joy from it.

Accepting the Paul Harris Fellowships on behalf of Marjorie Harvey and Ray Grande were Marge’s nephew, Bartlett Harvey and Ray’s wife, Judy Grande.  Littleton Rotary Club president, Marcia Marcantonio, presented each of them with a Certificate signed by the Rotary International President and the Chairman of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation.

Marjorie Harvey and Ray Grande Honored Posthumously James Barisano 2013-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Glines on Nov 11, 2013
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Doug Holder, who the Boston Globe once described as the Pied Piper of the Boston literary scene, was the guest speaker at the Littleton Rotary Club on Wednesday, November 6th. Mr. Holder described the literary magazine he publishes, Ibbetson Street, and its growth from a stapled photocopied publication to the sophisticated magazine it is today. Ibbetson Street is now the official literary magazine of Endicott College in Beverly Massachusetts where Mr. Holder is a professor of Creative Writing. Ibbetson Street has just won it's first Pushcart Prize for a poem by Afaa Michael Weaver, a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Doug Holder, poet and author, speaks at the Littleton Rotary Club Steve Glines 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marcia Marcantonio on Nov 05, 2013
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On October 26th the Rotary Clubs of Littleton and Acton-Boxborough held their first Masquerade Ball to benefit the ShelterBox program.  Over 100 people attended the ball, which was held at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough. The event was very successful and raised $4,000.00, enough to purchase four ShelterBoxes for distribution by Rotary International.

The evening was a fun filled elegant event that included amazing costumes and masks, good food, dancing, entertainment, tango dance lessons and much more…

Check out pictures at 

http://industrialmyth.photoreflect.com/store/thumbmarket.aspx?e=9109779
http://www.kristalmitchell.smugmug.com 

 

The ShelterBox program was started in the small town in Cornwall, England in 2000 with the goal of immediately providing emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to families who are affected by disasters anywhere in the world. Please go to the ShelterBox website  at www.shelterbox.org to learn more about this amazing and worthwhile endeavor.
Masquerade Ball Fun for All and Raises $4k for ShelterBox Marcia Marcantonio 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Jul 31, 2013

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To benefit Shelter Box

Presented by the

Rotary Clubs of Littleton and Acton-Boxborough

Saturday, October 26, 2013

6:30PM

Holiday Inn, Boxborough

For more information Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball Dick Andersen 2013-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Appleman Tritahlon - July 14,2013 Dick Andersen 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Apr 21, 2013
Candidates Night Hosted by Littleton Rotary Club 

Interested citizens of Littleton can meet and ask questions of candidates for town offices when the Rotary Club of Littleton presents Littleton Candidates Night on Wednesday, April 24 in Room 103 at the Town Offices starting at 7 p.m. All candidates for local office on the ballot have been invited. Town Moderator Tim Goddard will moderate the event. 

The format of the evening will be: 
  • Each candidate will be given the opportunity to make a three minute opening and closing statement. 
  • The Moderator will ask written questions taken from the audience. The candidate to which the question is addressed will have three minutes to answer followed by a one minute rebuttal from the other candidates
  • Candidates that are not available that evening will have the opportunity to have a three-minute presentation read by the moderator. 
Candidates Night - Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 PM - Town Offices Room 103 Dick Andersen 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Apr 18, 2013
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Rotarians camp out in Littleton Common to raise funds for ShelterBoxes

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 From Sunday, May 5th until Saturday, May 11th, Littleton Rotarians will be camping out in Littleton common in a ShelterBox that is identical to those being sent to assist the people left homeless after the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis throughout the world.

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Rotary members and volunteers camping out include public officials and business owners joined by friends and citizens from around Littleton. The event will help to raise funds and awareness for the Rotary International affiliated ShelterBox organization. “We are inviting everyone to come out and visit our Rotarian volunteers as we camp out in Littleton Common to raise money to fund ShelterBox efforts to aid people around the world who have been devastated by natural disasters, said Paul Avella President of Littleton Rotary.”




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Shelter Box Camp Out Dick Andersen 2013-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Heroes Mentors and Friends - John Dowd Guest Speaker Dick Andersen 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Jan 26, 2013
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The Littleton Rotary Club has made a donation to Life is good Playmakers to purchase 5 play kits full of Equipment. Each contains numerous play items that help child care providers conduct dozens of cooperative games and activities for young children, creating a joyful, playful environment. 

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Play Kits in Haiti


The work of Playmakers involves the use of play to heal and strengthen children to overcome poverty, violence and illness. Research on the Playmakers' program shows that it has a significant positive effect on the social, emotional and cognitive development of children.  

"Life is good Playmakers Ayiti wish to thank the Littleton Rotary Club for the bags filled with play equipment that we received recently" said Jean Guerson Sanon, Executive Director, Life is good Playmakers Ayiti. "These play kits are used by Haitian Playmakers in schools, orphanges, psychosocial play groups etc. to help hundreds of children play joyfully. We help their child care providers explore and experience the many games and activities they can do with this equipment to bring more joy into their classrooms and nurture the creativity of the children entrusted to their care. Thank you for helping us carry out our work to heal and strengthen the children of Haiti."

Littleton Rotary Purchases Playmakers' Play Kits for Children in Haiti Dick Andersen 2013-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Jan 14, 2013
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The following article is from the Littleton Independent - The Littleton Rotary Club has long supported community projects including scholarships through the local high school. This year, though, the organization is honoring long time Rotarian Alfred J.  McConnell of Harwood Avenue with a dedicated scholarship in his name. Club President Paul Avella said the purpose is two-fold: to honor a long-serving member who has been especially involved in youth programs, and to make the Rotary contribution more visible in the community

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“The ….Al McConnell Scholarship of Excellence [will] be awarded annually to a Littleton High School Senior who is a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) alumnus and who has achieved excellence in academics, leadership, integrity and citizenship,” the Rotary announced. “The scholarship value is $1,000 and honors …McConnell for his years of hard work organizing and facilitating RYLA [in the area] and for his unyielding commitment to the betterment of the youth of Littleton.”

Read more: Littleton Rotary Club honors Al McConnell for years of service - Littleton, MA - Littleton Independent http://www.wickedlocal.com/littleton/news/x1441686735/Littleton-Rotary-Club-honors-Al-McConnell-for-years-of-service#ixzz2IeA6i6YT 


To read more:

http://www.wickedlocal.com/littleton/news/x1441686735/Littleton-Rotary-Club-honors-Al-McConnell-for-years-of-service#axzz2Ie7vCIf2 
Littleton Rotary Honors Al McConnell for Years of Service Dick Andersen 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Dec 20, 2012

THE NEWTOWN ROTARY FOUNDATION

ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE

NEWTOWN ROTARY SANDY HOOK SCHOOL FUND

 

The fund is dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook School tragedy, their families and those in the Newtown community who have been affected, to help support both their short term and long term needs.

For more information or to make a donation go to:

http://www.newtownctrotary.org/ 

Newtown Ct Rotary Establishes Fund to Help Support Families Dick Andersen 2012-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Dec 01, 2012

From the Littleton Independent By Holly Camero  -- Kids, decked out in Santa hats, danced on the Littleton common Sunday night, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Teens and toddlers decorated Christmas ornaments to hang on the tree, while parents, many holding 

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Picture Courtesy of Rachael Cerrotti for Wicked Local 

babies in their arms or balancing toddlers on their shoulders, sipped hot cider and munched on donuts. Singers from the Nashoba Valley Chorale led the ever-increasing crowd in a chorus of Christmas carols, children vied for prizes as they answered trivia questions and all around people stopped to greet friends.

The annual tree lighting was sponsored by the Littleton Rotary Club, and according to co-chairman Jim Barisano, “This year was probably the best attended and most fun since we started doing this roughly 25 years ago.”

Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/littleton/features/x1107419030/Littleton-tree-lighting-rings-in-the-holiday-season#axzz2ErxMIk6v 

Littleton tree lighting rings in the holiday season - Littleton, MA - Littleton Independent Dick Andersen 2012-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Nov 18, 2012

The Annual Littleton Holiday Bazaar is sponsored by the Littleton Rotary Club with Millie McGovern and Nancy Morrison as co-chairs.  It will be held on Saturday December 1 from 9AM to 3PM at the Littleton Middle School, 55 Russell Street. The Bazaar is a great way to connect and meet with other residents of the community and find great gifts for the holiday season. Admission to the Bazaar is free.

Displays and gifts offered for sale at the Littleton Holiday Bazaar are open to Littleton affiliated non-profit groups only. There is a nominal fee for table space.

If you are a non-profit group and haven't reserved your spot yet it's not too late contact Nancy Morrison 978-486-4433 or e-mail nancylmorrison@yahoo.com

 
Annual Littleton Holiday Bazaar Sponsored by the Littleton Rotary Club - Dec 1 Dick Andersen 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Nov 11, 2012

Come join us for breakfast on Thanksgiving day. On Thursday, Nov. 22, the Littleton Rotary Club will hold its annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast.  A hearty menu of pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, juice and coffee will be served at Littleton Middle School cafeteria from 6:30 to 10 a.m. All coffee will be brewed and donated by your local Dunkin Donuts stores. Be sure to thank them on your next trip to their locations. Tickets for the breakfast are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12 and can be purchased at the door.   All proceeds will be used for the Littleton High School Scholarship Fund.

Rotary Pancake Breakfast - Thursday, November 22, 2012 Dick Andersen 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Aug 21, 2012
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Ann Himmelberger, secretary of the Littleton Historical Society and head of the tercentary book committee, provided an overview of our Historical Society and the goal for a 300th Anniversary Book for the town.
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Deborah Crane, founder and owner of Creative VoiceWork, here in Littleton discussed how the sound of our voice not only conveys information about what we are discussing but can also serve as a vehicle to enhance our well-being. 
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Posted by Dick Andersen on Aug 07, 2012
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Nicole and Penny Hamel provided an overview of the Up with People program to the Littleton Rotary Club. 

Up with People was founded in 1965 as a positive voice for young people. It officially began in 1968 when it was incorporated as international, educational non-profit entity.

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Appleman Triathlon Picture Album Updated to Include 2012 Race Dick Andersen 2012-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Jul 31, 2012

Paul Giunta, Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Ambassador, shared his personal experience with traumatic brain injury at our Rotary Club Meeting. He sustained in brain injury in an automobile accident in March of 2006. He was driving home from the hospital after visiting his wife Renee and his new daughter who had just been born. Unfortunately, in the accident his car’s air bag did not deploy and he was severely injured in the accident.

Brain Injury Association Ambassador Speaks at Rotary Meeting Dick Andersen 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Jul 21, 2012
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On Sunday July 15th the Littleton Rotary Club sponsored our ninth annual Appleman Triathlon. The weather was beautiful. With 600 athletes, 170 volunteers and countless spectators the athletes completed the half mile swim, 10 mile bike and 3 mile run. Some of the age group winners even finished in under an hour. Here is the Littleton Independent featured story about the Ninth Appleman Triathlon. The Littleton Rotary Club thanks everyone who was involved in making this an outstanding event and is looking forward to seeing all at next year's race.
Ninth Annual Appleman Triathlon - another successful race Dick Andersen 2012-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
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On Friday, July 20th, the Littleton Rotary presented the Bedford VA Crescent House with 19 donated tickets for Veterans to attend the Veterans Assisting Veterans Motorcycle Run & Concert on Saturday, July 28th featuring the James Montgomery Blues band at the Lowell Auditorium.  

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Left to right:  Representing the Littleton Rotary Club: Alan Bell, Immediate Past President, Kelly Clenchy, Director, and Paul Avella, President, Veteran, US Air Force.  Representing Bedford VA:  Mark Hall, Veteran, US Army, Richard Reed, Veteran, US Army, Paul Corbett, Department of Veteran Affairs VISN 1 Community Outreach Specialist and Corona Benson, Program Manager, Bedford VA Crescent House. 

Littleton Rotary Donates to Veterans Assisting Veterans Dick Andersen 2012-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Members of the Littleton Rotary Club were out in force supporting the community at the Fox 25 Zip Trip local town visit on Friday, July 13, 2012.

Special congratulations to Rotarian Millie McGovern who was selected by the community as our Home Town Hero.

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Home Town Hero and Rotarian Millie McGovern

For the complete presentation click here  Littleton Home Town Hero


Littleton Rotary Supports the Community at Fox Zip Trip Dick Andersen 2012-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Appleman Triathlon Approaching - July 15th Dick Andersen 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Steve Rowse, owner of the New England Apple Products Company (NEAP) in Leominster, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Littleton. Steve spoke about the history of Veryfine Products and its predecessor, the original New England Apple Products Company.

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Laurae Richards, President of Servants for Haiti, addressed the Littleton Rotary Club on the role of her organization and her experiences in Haiti both before and after the earthquake. She explained about the extreme poverty in  the country and how it destroys people, especially children. She continued that Haiti is a nation wracked by violence, environmentally devastated and in political turmoil.

Some statistics about the people of Haiti include:
  • Average annual income $400
  • Literacy Rate: 40%
  • Infant mortality rate: 1 in 10


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Dick Sundell of Angel Flight presented an overview of Angel Flight North East at our meeting. Dick explained that the organization provides free flights in private aircraft by volunteer pilots. The flights are provided for people who need access to medical care they cannot get locally or others who have compelling needs. And, Dick said there's never a charge for Angel Flights
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Don MacIver, President of the Littleton Conservation Trust, talked to the club about the purpose and history of the Trust. It is a private land trust formed in 1962 to promote Littleton's rural character; to preserve its water, plant and wildlife resources and its unique views; and to provide environmental education.
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Posted by Dick Andersen on May 01, 2012
The Littleton Rotary Club is proud to announce 3 new members: Gerri McConnell; Jim Regan and John Bielefeld. Congratulation to all and welcome to our club.

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Littleton Rotary Inducts New Members Dick Andersen 2012-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Littleton Rotary Club Honored for Public Relations Efforts Dick Andersen 2012-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Apr 12, 2012
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Interested citizens of Littleton can meet and ask questions of candidates for town offices when the Rotary Club of Littleton presents Littleton Candidates Night on Wednesday, April 25 in Room 103 at the Town Offices starting at 6 p.m. All candidates for local office on the ballot have been invited.

Candidates Night Hosted by the Littleton Rotary CLub Dick Andersen 2012-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Apr 03, 2012
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Founders of the Turtle Rescue League, Alexxia Bell and Natasha Nowick, give the Littleton Rotary Club a very interesting and informative overview of Turtles in general and the species found in our area. They shared with us what each of us can do to help Turtles.

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Littleton Rotary President Alan Bell, Alexxia Bell
and Natasha Nowick
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Kristin Anthony presented her story about the community bench building project she recently led as a senior project for Prescott College.

She talked Kristen Anthonyabout the comradery of the residents pitching in to help build the bench. Many diverse members of the community came together and built the bench, and decorated it. Unfortunately, some in the city did not like the decorations and campaigned to get the bench removed. After a mighty effort to reach a compromise, the city took the matter into their own hands and removed the bench at 4AM one day. This was an incredible learning experience for all involved, especially Kristin.
The Community Bench that Wasn't Dick Andersen 2012-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Mar 15, 2012
Dan Harty from Covanta Energy discussed the role he and his company plays in converting waste to energy and disposal of hazardous waste. Covanta seeks to provide sustainable waste disposal solutions in the communities they serve.
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Posted by Dick Andersen on Mar 08, 2012
Paul DeBassio, Sr VP of Development for United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, gave us an overview of the Role United Way is and can play at our meeting on March 7, 2012. He reviewed the mission of United Way and how our local United Way works within the community to fulfill its' mission.

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Speaker Paul DeBassio with President Alan Bell
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Introduction to Special Education Dick Andersen 2012-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Chris Strutt Discusses Awareness. Discovery. Choice. Action Dick Andersen 2012-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Dec 20, 2011
Littleton Rotary Hosted our annual Art Show for both the High School and the Middle School. The awards were presented at our weekly meeting on December 21st.

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Littleton Rotary Art Show Award Winners Dick Andersen 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Dean Cavaretta Talks about his Platform at Rotary Meeting Dick Andersen 2011-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Nov 15, 2011
Peg Lorenz, founder of Peceful Passage at Home, address the Club about caring for our own after death and some options we might not know about.
Peg Lorenz Addresses Littleton Rotary Dick Andersen 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Littleton Rotary Donates Crutches Dick Andersen 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Nov 01, 2011
Mark Crory, department head, of Littleton's new Commuity TV department addressed the Rotary Club about the history and plans for community TV in Littleton
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Congressional Candidste Tom Weaver Speaks to Rotary Dick Andersen 2011-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Senator Eldridge Speaks at Rotary Meeting Dick Andersen 2011-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District Governor Reviews 1st Quarter Progress at Littleton Rotary Club Meeting Dick Andersen 2011-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Eagle Scout Project Funded by Rotary is Complete Dick Andersen 2011-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Andersen on Oct 04, 2011
Littleton Rotary's weekly meeting this week was hosted by Rotarian Nancy Morrison at Schoolhouse #2 in Boxborough. The schoolhouse was built in the 1800's and still stands today.
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Littleton Rotary Donates to Local Scouting Project Dick Andersen 2011-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Littleton Rotary Donates to High School Engineering Club Dick Andersen 2011-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Barisano

Everyone is invited to Littleton’s Tree Lighting on the Common coming up on Sunday, December 8th at 4:30PM.  The Tree Lighting on the Common is co-sponsored by the Littleton Rotary Club and the Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments.  Members of the Nashoba Valley Chorale will lead the gathering crowd in songs of the season. The Littleton Rotary Club will provide complementary hot cider and donuts to all attendees.

The Rotary Club will provide ornaments that can be personalized and hung on the beautiful spruce tree in the center of the common.  Santa will arrive on Littleton’s Ladder One at 5:15 and will throw the giant switch to illuminate the thousands of lights on the many trees on the common.  He’ll then meet with all of the children before returning to the North Pole to get ready for his Christmas Eve travels.

The Littleton Rotary Club and Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments provide the Tree Lighting on the Common as a gift to the town along with the help of the Highway Department, Police Department, Fire Department, Nashoba Valley Chorale, Littleton High School Brass Ensemble and Westford Insurance, which provides the sound system.

This annual tradition is attended by hundreds of Littleton residents, young and old. So, be sure to join in the fun this coming Sunday, December 8th at 4:30 pm.

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The Rotary Clubs of Nashoba Valley, Clinton, and Littleton are sponsoring a Stop Hunger Now food packaging event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, in the cafeteria of Nashoba Regional High School, 12 Green Road in Bolton. The goal is to package 10,000 meals in a couple of hours. Walk-in volunteers are also welcome.

 

The assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a flavoring mix, including 21 essential vitamins and minerals, into small meal packages. These meal packages are shipped around the world to support school feeding programs and crisis relief. The food stores easily, transports quickly, and has a shelf-life of two years.

“Stop Hunger Now is a great way to provide healthy, cost-effective meals,” said Laura Spear, president of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley. “The Rotary Clubs are funding the 25 cents cost per meal. Now we need help from anyone and everyone to reach our packaging goal and help us combat hunger here in the United States and around the world.”

 

Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid to crisis-burdened areas around the world. For more information, visit www.stophungernow.org.

For more information or to participate contact Marcia Marcantonio at fortpond@aol.com

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The annual Littleton Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the Littleton Rotary Club is being held on Saturday, December 7th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Russell Street Middle School. Tables at the Holiday Bazaar are available to Littleton affiliated non-profit groups only. If you have not reserved a spot yet, it's not too late. Contact Nancy Morrison at 978-486-4433 or email nancylmorrison@yahoo.com. Stop by for an opportunity to see so great displays and support our local non-profits during this holiday season.
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ImageCome join us for breakfast on Thanksgiving day. On Thursday, Nov. 28, the Littleton Rotary Club will hold its annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast.  A hearty menu of pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, juice and coffee will be served at Littleton Middle School cafeteria from 6:30 to 10 a.m. All coffee will be brewed and donated by your local Dunkin Donuts stores. Be sure to thank them on your next trip to their locations. Tickets for the breakfast are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12 and can be purchased at the door.   All proceeds will be used for the Littleton High School Scholarship Fund.
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Rotarian and Past District Governor, Ralph Hammond, presented the Coach and Van Project for the Bedford VA. During his presentation he talked about how this project could not only result in a needed new van and bus, but could be used to unite the community and build Rotary membership.
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Bedford MA Rotarian and Past District Governor
Ralph Hammond
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Littleton Rotary Sponsors 2011 Littleton Road Race Dick Andersen 0
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2011 Appleman Triathlon Steve Glines 0